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Mapping Public Gardens to the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed to by 193 States Members in 2015 and provide a global framework to address sustainability challenges facing the planet. Public gardens through their collections, displays,...

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10/5/18
2018 State of the World's Forests

It is now almost three years since world leaders agreed to chart a course towards a better, more prosperous future for the planet and all its people. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has...

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9/19/18
Plant Conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals: a policy paper prepared for the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), with its 16 plant conservation targets was originally adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2002. It was updated and revised in 2010, with targets set to be achieved...

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9/12/18
A Report from the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework Chicago Wilderness Pilot Project

The urban forest of the Chicago Wilderness region, a 7-million-acre area covering portions of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, will face direct and indirect impacts from a changing climate over the 21st century. This assessment evaluates the...

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9/12/18
Public Gardens Sustainability Index with Related SDGs

The Public Gardens Sustainability Index represents a holistic approach to define principles and best practices for operational sustainability, sector-wide. The Index helps public garden professionals benchmark, develop, and adopt practices that span...

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9/6/18
Trees for Bees: Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests

The webinar will provide Extension Agents with information and resources to promote pollinator habitats in urban and suburban forests. Pollinator habitats are important to all landscapes, including urban and suburban forests. Pollinators need numerous...

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8/28/18
Leaving No U.S. City Behind: THE U.S. CITIES SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS INDEX

In 2015, world leaders issued a clarion call to promote sustainable development by tackling climate change and environmental sustainability, growing inequalities and social exclusion, and ensuring economic opportunities for all. To this end they...

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7/2/18
Link Between Local Phenology and Climate Change

The Southeastern Virginia Phenology Network is a partnership between Old Dominion Univeristy (ODU) and Norfolk Botanical Gardens. The partnership started in 2010 with the purpose of assessing phenological change in native plants in respect to climate...

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4/23/18
Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation

Decision-makers and managers are increasingly being asked to make decisions in the context of uncertainty, with climate change adding new sources of complexity. Scenario planning is being used as means of providing managers with insights into options...

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4/20/18
Discussing Climate Change with Agriculture and Natural Resources Audiences: Professional Perspectives

A collaboration between the Climate Learning Network and the Climate Science Initiative, this webinar draws on results from two studies (conducted with researchers Kaila Thorn, Allison Chatrchyan, Daniel Tobin, and Rama Radhakrishna) of natural...

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4/17/18
Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: A Global Initiative to Collect, Conserve, and Use Crop Wild Relatives

The main objective of the“Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” project is to collect and protect the genetic diversity of a portfolio of plants with the characteristics required for adapting the world’s most important food crops to climate change....

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4/6/18
Sustainable Campus Landscape Guide

The campus landscape, like its buildings, can be seen as the physical embodiment of a college’s values. It is a vital part of the life of a campus, providing space for study, play, outdoor events, aesthetic appreciation, and even food production

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3/19/18
Real facts about climate change and urban trees: How should we prepare?

Check out this exciting webinar that covers the impacts trees in urban areas can have on climate change and the role they can play in mitigating adverse impacts. 

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3/16/18
Forest and landscape restoration: Toward a shared vision and vocabulary

Our species plays a unique role in the past, present, and future of life on Earth. As primates, we need to eat, drink, sleep, be protected from predators and the elements, socialize, and procreate. As humans, we have the potential to overcome cultural...

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3/15/18
Getting Real: Health in the Teaching of Climate and Earth Science

The impacts of climate change on health as well as the societal responses to climate change are varied and significant. In the past five years, recognition of the importance of the health implications of climate change has grown enormously, from major...

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3/14/18
Gardening, Healthy Soil, and Carbon Sequestration

Starting right now, we, all us humans on the planet, have a short window of opportunity to solve global warming, keep global average temperature rise below 3.6° F (2°C), and avoid more and worse instances of the kind of extreme weather disasters that...

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3/8/18
Developing Climate-Change Resilience in Conservation Plants

Learn about plants being selected and tested for climate change adaptability in coastal areas for agricultural and conservation purposes in this video, funded by the USDA-...

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2/14/18
The future of plant conservation: linking to the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

This video from the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress features Cristián Samper who joined WCS as President and Chief Executive Officer of WCS in August 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural...

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1/31/18
Climate, Megafires, and Conservation Financing

This recorded webinar will discuss how climatic changes can influence wildland fire activity across the globe and how these critical fire weather variables have changed over the last 40 years.

These changes in key weather variables

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1/31/18
Flood Insurance and Climate Risks

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has offered flood insurance and helped communities reduce flood risk for decades. Although there have been some incentives for reducing flood risk and building resilience, these efforts fall short in the face...

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1/25/18

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